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MOZAMBIQUE: BEIRA PORT CONCESSION EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER 15 YEARS

July 10th, 2018

Mozambique’s cabinet extended the concession of the port of Beira, in the centre of the country, to the Cornelder company for another 15 years on Tuesday and approved a $290 million (€247 million) investment plan.

Cabinet spokeswoman, Ana Comoana, said at a press conference that the extension would begin in 2023 when the current 19-year concession ends.

Ana Comoana said the concession was extended because the company had agreed to undertake essential additional investment to increase capacity at the port.

Cornelder’s investment plan foresees upgrading 300 kilometres of national highway 6 and 317 kilometres of the Beira-Machipanda railway line.

These works would increase throughput at the port from the current 300,000 containers to 700,000 and from 750,000 tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes of cargo.

Cornelder is a joint venture between Dutch company Cornelder and the state-owned railway company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).

Source: Lusa

BEIRA PORT: CORNELDER MOZAMBIQUE WANTS TO EXPAND SOUTHERN AFRICAN CUSTOMER BASE

July 6th, 2018

Cornelder Mozambique, a concessionaire company in the central port of Beira, plans to expand its customer base in Southern Africa, focusing on improving the services it provides, the company announced.

In order to mobilise more users to the port of Beira, the company held a meeting in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare, bringing together more than 200 companies, Cornelder said in a statement.

“It was a very productive meeting, as many of the concerns that were raised were immediately answered,” the company’s managing director, Jan de Vries, is quoted to have said in the press statement.

Jan de Vries said that Zambia and Malawi are also priorities in Cornelder’s business expansion plan.

“We hope to hold more meetings of this nature in the future in other neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Malawi,” he added.Cornelder Moçambique is a company comprised of a Dutch firm Cornelder BV, the public company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and private Mozambican investors.

In Mozambique, the concessionaire operates containers and general cargo terminals at the Beira port, one of the country’s most active ports.

Source: Lusa

GREEN TERMINAL IN BEIRA TO SERVE ZAMBIA AND DRC

August, 2017

Exporters and importers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint while at the same time reducing the risk of delays due to power outages in Beira now have the option of the first “green” terminal in the region.

“Independent Beira Logistics Terminals and Services (IBLT&S) is the first green terminal in Beira,” says general manager Aleksandrs Kucerovs.

The facility, which has 16 000 sqm of warehousing under roof, is now powered by solar panels. “Beira has an enormous solar resource, providing in excess of 8.5 hrs of sunshine per day consistently throughout the year.

“In addition to showing our respect for the environment, going green has made our operations independent of the municipal power supply. “Solar electricity generation represents a clean alternative to grid tied systems. It provides clean energy with no air, water or environmental pollution and provides reliable and stable electricity,” he says.

Each warehouse has its own standalone solar PV system, generating 3KW and 5KW respectively. This provides stable, reliable power to LED High Bay lighting, CCTV and Wifi systems, as well as external LED floodlights.

The systems are designed to provide a 25-year lifespan and comprise the latest technologies for maximum efficiency, providing lowest cost per watt solutions, he says.

The system includes:

  • Monocrystalline PV (photovoltaic) panels, which offer the best efficiency rates as they are made from highgrade silicon
  • MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracker) solar regulators which provide the most efficient method of converting the voltage produced by the PV panels into the voltage needed to charge the batteries
  • Storage batteries of the OPzV type which is a valve regulated tubular gel battery designed to DIN standards and offering the highest reliability and performance on the market today
  • A pure sine wave inverter with AVR and UPS functionality that inverts the battery power into usable three-phase 400 Volt 50Hz (standard grid) electricity on demand.

Source: FTW online

NEW BULK RECORD FOR BEIRA

November 18th, 2016

Fertiliser vessel discharge productivity in the port of Beira has gone from a maximum of 2 000 metric tons in a 24-hour period five years ago to 7 000 tons, according to Christian Roeder, deputy chief executive officer of J&J Africa.“The performance was made possible through good cooperation between Beira Logistics Terminals (BLT), Cornelder (the port operator) and the vessel agent," he says. The IVS Nightjar berthed earlier this month to discharge 28 000 tons of bulk fertiliser for Zimbabwe. “Our logistics plan combined the bulk transport of 18 579 tons of fertiliser – which was taken to the BLT warehouses outside the port – with the loading of 3 027 tons of bulk directly onto J&J Transport trailers for a customer in Zimbabwe,” according to Roeder.

A total of 21 568.92 tons was offloaded for the client (a large Moroccan fertiliser company) in 89 hours, peaking at 7 097 tons over 24 hours.

“It shows that Beira has improved significantly and has become much more efficient due to investments and procedural improvements by Cornelder and local companies such as BLT which have invested in outside storage facilities. “Very competitive discharge rates can be achieved when clients plan properly and develop combined offtake solutions, such as bagging at the quayside for direct trucking to destination or storage, or bulk offtake for storage and bagging at outside facilities,”he says.

– Ed Richardson

Source: FTW online

Repairs on road between Beira and Machipanda in Mozambique finished in April 2018

October 25th, 2016

Work to repair and improve the N6 National Road between the port city of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, and the border town of Machipanda, is expected to be finished in April 2018, Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias reported on Tuesday.

Work on the 288-kilometre road, which began in April 2015, is expected to cost US$410 million and is funded by the Mozambican government and the EXIM Bank of China.

Noticias said that 45% of the work was concluded and that by the end of the year a 60-kilometre section would be paved in the districts of Dondo and Nhamatanda, in Sofala province, where a 220-metre bridge is due to be built over the River Pungué.

The refurbishment of the N6 road will also benefit neighbouring countries that use the port of Beira for imports and exports, including Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source: Macauhub News Agency